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Bracketology Seed List For Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Despite losing at Iowa on Friday night, Michigan returns to the top line, replacing in-state rival Sparty.

NCAA Basketball: Michigan at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

This week’s full bracket post

Notes:

  • Auto bid holders in this section are noted by the conference names in parentheses.
  • Arrows indicate movement up or down the seed list (down to the spot on the seed list).
  • New entrants are marked with an asterisk.
  • New for this week: For at-large candidates only, the numbers in parentheses after the team’s name are as follows: record vs. D1 opposition/record in Group 1 and Group 2 games/record in Group 1 games only. This information reflects NET data as of Monday, February 4th.

No. 1 Seeds

(1) Duke Blue Devils (19-2/10/5) - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Columbia 1
(2) Virginia Cavaliers (ACC) (20-1/10/5) - LOUISVILLE - Columbia 2
(↑3) Tennessee Volunteers (SEC) (19-1/10/4)- KANSAS CITY - Jacksonville 1
(↑4) Michigan Wolverines (Big Ten) (20-2/11/5) - ANAHEIM - Columbus 1

Bracketologist’s note: Like last week, one of the No. 1 seeds had to be sent to a Thursday/Saturday site to face the Tuesday First Four winner, even though all four are closer to Friday/Sunday sites. This week, I again sent Tennessee to Jacksonville, figuring that the Volunteers’ higher place on the seed list should result in them playing a lower-ranked team.

No. 2 Seeds

(↑5) Gonzaga Bulldogs (WCC) (21-2/7/4) - ANAHEIM - Salt Lake City 1
(↓6) Michigan State Spartans (18-4/12/8) - LOUISVILLE - Columbus 2
(7) Kentucky Wildcats (18-3/9/6) - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Des Moines 1
(8) Kansas Jayhawks (17-5/13/8) - KANSAS CITY - Des Moines 2

No. 3 Seeds

(9) North Carolina Tar Heels (17-4/10/4) - KANSAS CITY - Jacksonville 2
(10) Marquette Golden Eagles (19-3/9/6) - LOUISVILLE - Tulsa 1
(↑11) Purdue Boilermakers (16-6/10/5) - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tulsa 2
(↑12) Houston Cougars (American) (21-1/10/2) - ANAHEIM - Salt Lake City 2

No. 4 Seeds

(↑13) Wisconsin Badgers (16-6/10/5) - KANSAS CITY - Hartford 1
(↑14) Villanova Wildcats (Big East) (18-4/10/3) - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Hartford 2
(↓15) Louisville Cardinals (17-6/8/4) - ANAHEIM - San José 1
(↓16) Texas Tech Red Raiders (17-5/9/3 (M)) - LOUISVILLE - San José 2

No. 5 Seeds

(↓17) Virginia Tech Hokies (18-4/7/3)
(↓18) Maryland Terrapins (17-6/8/3)
(19) Kansas State Wildcats (Big 12) (16-5/7/3)
(↓20) Iowa State Cyclones (18-5/7/4)

No. 6 Seeds

(↑21) Iowa Hawkeyes (17-5/8/3)
(22) Nevada Wolf Pack (MW) (21-1/8/0)
(23) LSU Tigers (17-4/9/3)
(↑24) Mississippi State Bulldogs (16-5/9/6)

No. 7 Seeds

(↑25) Baylor Bears (15-6/9/4)
(↑26) Florida State Seminoles (16-5/6/2)
(↑27) Washington Huskies (Pac-12) (18-4/4/2)
(↑28) Syracuse Orange (16-6/5/2)

No. 8 Seeds

(↓29) Buffalo Bulls (18-3/4/2)
(↓30) Cincinnati Bearcats (19-3/6/2)
(↓31) Oklahoma Sooners (15-8/8/3)
(↑32) Minnesota Golden Gophers (16-6/5/3)

No. 9 Seeds

(33) Ohio State Buckeyes (14-7/6/3)
(↓34) Mississippi Rebels (14-7/5/3)
(*35) Lipscomb Bisons (ASUN) (16-4/4/2)
(↓36) Auburn Tigers (14-6/6/1)

No. 10 Seeds

(↓37) St. John’s Red Storm (16-6/7/3)
(↓38) TCU Horned Frogs (15-6/5/1)
(↑39) Arizona State Sun Devils (15-6/8/3)
(↑40) Alabama Crimson Tide (13-8/7/2)

No. 11 Seeds

(↓41) N.C. State Wolfpack (16-6/5/1)
(↑42) Texas Longhorns (12-10/6/4)
(↓43 - First Four) Indiana Hoosiers (13-9/6/3)
(↓44 - First Four) Seton Hall Pirates (13-9/6/2)
(↑45 - First Four) VCU Rams (15-6/3/1)
(*46 - First Four) Temple Owls (16-6/6/1)

No. 12 Seeds

(*47) Davidson Wildcats (A 10) (15-5/4/0)
(↑48) Wofford Terriers (SoCon) (16-4/4/1)
(↓49) Hofstra Pride (CAA) (18-4/0/0)
(*50) Old Dominion Monarchs (C-USA) (18-6/2/1)

No. 13 Seeds

(51) Vermont Catamounts (America East)
(*52) New Mexico State Aggies (WAC)
(53) Radford Highlanders (Big South)
(*54) Bowling Green Falcons (MAC)

No. 14 Seeds

(*55) Jacksonville State Gamecocks (OVC)
(*56) Georgia State Panthers (Sun Belt)
(*57) Princeton Tigers (Ivy)
(↑58) UC Irvine Anteaters (Big West)

No. 15 Seeds

(↓59) South Dakota State Jackrabbits (Summit)
(60) Bucknell Bison (Patriot)
(*61) Illinois State Redbirds (MVC)
(*62) Montana Grizzlies (Big Sky)

No. 16 Seeds

(↓63) Northern Kentucky Norse (Horizon)
(↓64) Rider Broncs (MAAC)
(65 - First Four) Sam Houston State Bearkats (Southland)
(66 - First Four) Robert Morris Colonials (NEC)
(67 - First Four) Prairie View A&M Panthers (SWAC)
(68 - First Four) Norfolk State Spartans (MEAC)

First Four Out (NIT No. 1 Seeds)

(↓69) Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-9/5/2)
(↑70) Florida Gators (12-9/5/1)
(↓71) Butler Bulldogs (13-10/6/1)
(↓72) UCF Knights (16-4/4/1)

Next Four Out

(73) Creighton Bluejays (12-9/5/1)
(↑74) Belmont Bruins (16-4/5/2)
(↓75) Arizona Wildcats (14-8/4/2)
(v76) Oregon State Beavers (14-7/5/1)

Conference Ranking With Seeds

Note: Auto bid holders are denoted by asterisks.

Big Ten (9): 1. Michigan*, 2. Michigan State, 3. Purdue, 4. Wisconsin, 5. Maryland, 5. Iowa, 8. Minnesota, 9. Ohio State, 11. Indiana (First Four)
ACC (8): 1. Duke, 1. Virginia*, 3. North Carolina, 4. Louisville, 5. Virginia Tech, 7. Florida State, 7. Syracuse, 11. N.C. State
Big 12 (8): 2. Kansas, 4. Texas Tech, 5. Kansas State*, 6. Iowa State, 7. Baylor, 8. Oklahoma, 10. TCU, 11. Texas
SEC (7): 1. Tennessee*, 2. Kentucky, 6. LSU, 6. Mississippi State, 9. Mississippi, 9. Auburn, 10. Alabama (First Four)
Big East (4): 3. Marquette, 4. Villanova*, 10. St. John’s, 11. Seton Hall (First Four)
American Athletic (3): 3. Houston*, 8. Cincinnati, 11. Temple (First Four)
Atlantic 10 (2): 11. VCU (First Four), 12. Davidson*
MAC (2): 8. Buffalo, 13. Bowling Green*
Pac-12 (2): 7. Washington*, 10. Arizona State

Auto Bid Selection Procedures

Until we get to the latter stages of the season, when conference races are a bit clearer and tournament No. 1 seeds are established, the following rules apply to auto bid selections.

First, account for conference record. The team with the best conference winning percentage will hold the auto bid.

If two or more teams are tied, their records in head-to-head competition is the first tiebreaker. Otherwise, the total number of conference wins applies.

If teams are still tied, overall winning percentage against all Division I opposition, then the higher number of D1 wins apply.

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